Help make 2014 a success for conservation, too.
If the end of another year has you thinking about all the resolutions you didn’t keep, consider this: You made a real, tangible, measurable difference to nature.
How? Your support created some truly awe-inspiring conservation outcomes in 2013. Read on for some of our favorites.
Cleaner, Healthier Rivers
- You helped build a new fishway on the Mattabesset River that opens 50 miles of new habitat to migrating fish.
- You replanted disease-tolerant American elms on local floodplains and funded a breeding program that cross-pollinates genes from “survivor” trees.
- You stood up for new legislation that helps water utilities and regulators conserve fresh water supplies.
Saving Long Island Sound
- You helped six new coastal communities begin evaluating risks and planning natural defenses to coastal storms and sea-level rise.
- You funded data collection for the first comprehensive assessment to pinpoint the Sound’s most crucial habitats for protection and restoration.
- You built a new native plant border at Aspetuck Park to filter runoff and improve water quality in this once-popular local swimming hole.
- You supported new legislation that ensures climate change and the rate of sea-level rise are considered when coastal communities plan new development and sewage treatment upgrades.
Caring for Critical Lands
- You added 26 acres of tidal marsh in Whalebone Cove to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Eighty percent of the cove is now protected.
- You created new habitat for New England cottontails, which have seen a population decrease of 86 percent since the 1960s.
- You restored dunes, removed debris and helped combat the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy at several of our preserves and along the coast.
- You gave four New York City students the summer of a lifetime as Conservancy Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) paid interns. The young women worked with our staff to maintain trails, remove invasives and restore an arboretum.
- You helped us reach 2,500 people through a pre-concert discussion panel at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “LIFE: A Journey Through Time.”
- Your support carried Team Nature Conservancy to victory in New Haven’s annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride, raising more than $19,000 for conservation.
- You brought staff from Brazil to Connecticut to learn more about forest restoration and watershed protection.
- You invested in groundbreaking indigenous community conservation programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.
- You helped protect Australia’s Great Western Woodlands by establishing community-based conservation that includes indigenous peoples, government and miners.